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PatPo

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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 7:02:15 PM

Not exactly an original idea but posting a price that is really a CASH price is just as much a "bait and switch" tactic that many stations use to get customers to come into their stations. Once there, the customer is usually going to pay the price even though it may be more than the posted price. Our county (Dutchess) has just passed a law requiring ALL stations to post the HIGHER price between CASH or CREDIT-guess which one that is ??
Anyhow, GASBUDDY should strive to do the honorable thing and post BOTH the CASH and CREDIT price or the higher of the two ASAP ! What are they waiting for ?? They are supposed to be HELPING the consumer, not deceiving them as many dealers already do now.
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Don
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:06:29 PM

Hi PatPo,

When reporting prices for stations in areas that have different prices based on method of payment, we ask that you post the cash price where it exists, this is because in areas where these price differences apply, ultimately the cash price is the lowest price to everyone (aside from club memberships or additional discounts).

If the station does not offer a cash price, what is considered the standard price should be reported.

For more info on how to report Cash and Credit pricing on GasBuddy, see the FAQ and your local area level price posting guidelines.

-Don
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:41:40 AM

PatPo:

"...but posting a price that is really a CASH price is just as much a "bait and switch" tactic that many stations use to get customers to come into their stations."

No it's not. If a gas station posts a price that says "This is the cash price...", that's advertising the price it sells fuel for if you pay cash. If you want to use another means of payment, whether it's credit card, debit card, bartering or using a personal check, that's your choice. But if the posted price indicates it's a cash price, that's for the buyer (or potential buy) of the product to decide if they want to pay by cash. It's also their choice to see what the non-cash price is. Why is posting the clearly identified cash price different than other items being sold for "as low as...", whether it's cars, television sets, internet or cable or phone/text messaging plans?

"Our county (Dutchess) has just passed a law requiring ALL stations to post the HIGHER price between CASH or CREDIT-guess which one that is ??"

You're saying that Dutchess County requires gas stations to post the highest price that a customer will be charged for gas? And that people wanting to pay the lower price aren't able to know there is or

Appreciate it if you can provide some more information on that regulation as I've been unable to find information about it anywhere, including on the county's website.

I assume, then, that the county also requires companies making repair estimates to only provide the high end estimate, and auto dealership (for example) not to advertise or post the "as low as" or base price of a vehicle, but rather to advertise and post the price that a buyer might be expected to pay for a vehicle if the buyer bought most possible options, and the dealership now advertises, not the "finance rate as low as...not every everyone qualifies...", but that the dealerships now advertise the high end finance charge that the average buy might pay? In keeping with gas stations being able to only post the highest price possible, that is.

"Anyhow, GASBUDDY should strive to do the honorable thing and post BOTH the CASH and CREDIT price or the higher of the two ASAP ! What are they waiting for ?? They are supposed to be HELPING the consumer, not deceiving them as many dealers already do now."

I might go along with the above if the word "honorable" wasn't included, and if the post didn't say Gas Buddy is "supposed to be helping..." and didn't say "not deceiving them..."

Gas Buddy, like it or not, is a private website that encourages people to post the lowest price available. Gas Buddy management, "honorably" if you want to use the word, has decided that, until they relatively completely overhaul the website that you get to use at no cost, the cash price is the lowest possible price that the average person can pay for gas, and that credit and debit card holders are not restricted from paying the cash price, whereas not everyone has the option to pay by credit (forgetting that few gas stations will accept my Diners Club card), and that many credit card holders might want to take advantage of a lower cash price without having to go in to a gas station hoping to be surprised with a lower cash price. Sorry, but i don't see what Gas Buddy is doing that is not "honorable", whatever that's supposed to mean. Nor do I see Gas Buddy deceiving anyone. If you think you're being deceived, you have options other than Gas Buddy. Automotive, Motor Trend, MSN Auto and others have gas prices available for your use, the difference being that the prices are not member posting-dependent. MSN, for example, updates its price list based on a compilation/review of the overnight credit card transaction prices; MSN Auto doesn't take the cash price into consideration.

CampKohler wrote:

"What should GB policy be when a county or state law requires fuel vendors to post the highest-priced product and does NOT require the posting of the lowest-priced product?"

What Gas Buddy "policy" is has nothing to do with "when a county or state law requiest..." anymore than you're obligated to post a certain number of gas prices in order to maintain your membership.

Gas Buddy, a private organization, can make the decision that on it's website, they want people to know the lowest possible price that a gas station charges the general buying public. Or it can decide that the posted price should include any incentives available to any customer, including buying with a car wash and using a Kroger Fuel Perks, Safeway or Winn-Dixie gas perks program, or the different prices if you decide to buy $100 worth of groceries versus what you price you pay if you buy $500 worth of groceries. It's their website; they're not obligated to, nor should they be, base price posting on what each and every local municipality requires gas stations to do. Gas Buddy makes, and should make, it's own decision on what price posting method it believes best serves it's membership (in line with how they best want to implement it's business plan). The two, local pricing requirements and what Gas Buddy does, are two entirely different things.

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